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COVID-19: GP Alert (6 May 2021)

May 06, 2021

AstraZeneca vaccinations

Queenslanders aged 50 and over are now eligible for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

General practices participating in the COVID-19 vaccine in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region will commence delivering the vaccine to this cohort from 17 May 2021.

Please note:

  • GP respiratory clinics commenced providing the vaccine to people aged 50 and above from 3 May 2021. For more information about the respiratory clinics, visit our COVID-19 webpage.
  • A select number of general practices have requested and been provided approval to commence vaccinating people aged 50 and above from today (6 May). Please use the Vaccine Eligibility Checker and Clinic Finder to find participating practices.

Pfizer vaccinations

The Vaccine Eligibility Checker will be updated later this week with information about state/territory-operated clinics where people who are aged under 50 years and who are eligible in phase 1A or 1B (for now) can be vaccinated.

Testing advice

The advice throughout this pandemic continues to apply: anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 – no matter how mild – should immediately self-isolate and get tested, and must remain at home until they receive a negative result.

Active contact tracing alerts

Queensland has current contact tracing alerts and related public health advice for people who have been in:

  • The Brisbane Airport - International terminal, Queensland on 29 April 2021
  • The Greater Sydney region of New South Wales on or since 30 April 2021
  • The Melbourne Airport, Victoria on 21 April 2021
  • The Perth and Peel regions of Western Australia on or since 17 April 2021
  • New Zealand on or since 17 April 2021

Update from the Public Health Unit

Rare events and conditions can occur in medicine. If these events occur in the period following a vaccine, an association can be made, leading to changes in advice, and re-evaluation of safety profiles. We have seen this recently with the changes in advice regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine.

It is only through front line clinicians reporting these events, that we can start to build an association between these events and a vaccine. It is also a requirement under the Public Health Act 2005 (Qld) to report serious, unexpected, or uncommon events that occur after a vaccine has been received. These are commonly referred to as Adverse Events Following Immunisation – AEFIs. These should be reported for adverse events after any vaccine.

The Chief Health Officer has also requested that patients presenting within 30 days of receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine with signs and symptoms of thrombosis be carefully considered for thrombosis with Thrombocytopaenia Syndrome (TTS)/ Vaccine Induced Prothrombotic Immune Thrombocytopenia (VIPIT) and a AEFI report be submitted within 48 hours.

We are asking for your help in reporting these AEFIs. It is ok if you don’t have all the details, didn’t administer the vaccine, don’t have the batch number. If you are seeing someone who has recently had a vaccine, and they have a serious, unexpected or uncommon event, please complete the AEFI report. Further details are available at the following website: Adverse event following immunisation | Queensland Health

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